Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has expressed concern over the high rate of criminal activities carried out by internet fraudsters, popularly known as Yahoo Boys, in the state.
Obaseki Vows To Tackle Yahoo Boys In Edo
Speaking at an education town hall meeting On Friday, the governor said his administration is ready to tackle the upsurge of Internet fraud by figuring out the cause of the trend.
He noted that ‘Yahoo Boys’ must be very brilliant to dupe people, adding that the government needs to help the fraudsters redirect their thinking into positive causes.
The governor, who urged stakeholders in the state to avail him with information on the activities of the Yahoo boys, on Monday, said he would be meeting with the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to find a solution.
Obaseki said, “I am concerned. Cyber fraud and Yahoo culture are big issues. I am calling on everyone to please send as much information as you can to my office.
“On Monday, I am going to see the chairman of EFCC. I am not condemning those involved. There must be a reason why that culture has become so prolific in Edo state. We must find the root cause and address them as we did in the days of trafficking.
“Let’s see how we can correct it because these children must be very brilliant. The kind of things they do, how they hack into other people’s accounts. How do we re-direct that thinking into something more positive?”
KanyiDaily recalls that Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun had recently raised an alarm over alleged threats to his life by criminals including yahoo boys.